Sunday Sessions

Sunday Sessions for Self Sufficiency is a series of topics with our desire to have more Shuswap residents passionate and able to grow, raise and make their own food and medicine.

There is so much we can learn from the experience of people throughout the region and from each other! We encourage you to join us this season and take in as many Sessions as your schedule allows. Can’t make it? We’ll record as many as we can!  See videos below to learn from past presentations!

Sessions are hosted at Buckerfield’s in Salmon Arm in their upstairs conference room. The location may change for specific topics and that will be listed beside their description.

To make these sessions accessible to all, each talk had a sliding scale fee of $5 – $15. All fees collected will go towards the cost of the series and to support the Shuswap Community Teaching Garden.

This project is a continuation of the Food Security Series presented by Buckerfield’s, Shuswap Food Action, and the Salmon Arm Fair and Shuswap Lake Agricultural Association during the Fall Fair. A core value of SFAS is education and we aim to provide the opportunity for everyone to be able to learn more about the important skills for playing a large part in one’s own food security.

If you have topics you would like to have covered for the future, please let us know! If you have valuable experience and knowledge to share with your Shuswap Community, please get in touch! Email to Melanie at

Registration is appreciated but not required.

Sign up for Sessions here



Grazing Animals to Regenerate soil and create community food security with Percy Folkard of Folkard FArm - Feb. 4th, 2024

Learn how grazing animals can help to regenerate soil through proper management as well as provide a source of income for your farm or homestead and food security for the community.

Sourdough Explained with Nicole Albisser - Let It bee farm - Jan 14, 2024

With prices rising and knowing that so many gluten allergies exist, learn all the science behind flour, salt and water and why sourdough is a healthier choice! See the steps of how to make sourdough and have access to her starter kits.

Nutrition for yourself and your Kids - Start the New Year Right! with Juanita Miller - Jan 7, 2024

With a focus on veggies and fruits and high quality food, Juanita will share her personal experience and transformation through a plant-centric lifestyle and becoming a Joyfully Nourished mom and nourishing food creator for her two young boys.

Herbalism for Cold & Flu Season with Jenny Wesle- Green Croft Gardens - Dec 17/23

With a focus on making Fire Cider, Jenny will discuss the various herbs and plants we can use on a daily basis to help boost our own immune systems this Winter season.

Wildcrafting and the Magic of Local Botanicals with Luc d'Abadie - Thuja Botanicals - Dec 10/23

Wildcraft farmer, Luc, will share how to sustainably wildcraft to find the medicine and magic in plants. Further, he will share about hydrosols and their power as water-based medicine.

Pollinators through the Seasons with Sarah Johnson - Native Bee Society of BC - Nov 26/23

What are some strategies in the Spring to help them come out of hibernation and thrive, bettering our own gardens chances of success?

Pruning Fundamentals with Harriet Hanna - prior co-owner of hanna & hanna orchard & nursery - Nov 19/23

This video describes the biology of the tree (and plants) to understand how they grow and how they develop fruit so that we can better understand how to best prune our fruit trees. We are so sorry to say that the video is cut off and the other half is no where to be found. We do have this lesson from last Spring to view which contains much of the same information for you to review.

Permaculture in action with Elmarie Roberts Prior farmer from haliburton farm, Victoria- Nov 12/23

Elmarie describes the 12 principles and 3 ethics of Permaculture to help us understand how we can apply these methods and ideas to our own food production.

Pruning Techniques @Lighthouse Food Forest with James & Harriet Mar 26/23

This class follows up to the first about pruning principals and now we’ll put them into action! We’ll see in-person demonstration of techniques and learn more about the tools for the job!

Permaculture Garden Design and Soil Building with Elmarie Roberts Mar 19/23

Learning from Permaculture educator, Elmarie Roberts, formally with Haliburton Farm in Victoria, BC, we’ll host a discussion about Permaculture principals and how to use them in your home garden. Emphasis on building soil for healthy crops!

Pruning Fundamentals with Harriet Hanna Mar 12/23

You’ll learn that pruning is a reasonable and predictable science and that by knowing some key plant growth principles, you can improve flowering and maintenance and reduce or increase plant size depending on the pruning methods used.

Growing and Using Herbs with Jenny Wesle -The Magical Activist Mar5/23

Learn from Jenny some great culinary and medicinal herbs to grow and how to use them for vibrant health.
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Nose to Tail - Raising pigs sustainably with Tri Schaafsma of Wee Acres Farm Feb 19/23

Learn about raising and pasturing animals and efficient uses of electric fencing. Let’s talk about the significance of diversity of plant material and, when the life cycle of an animals comes to an end, the many uses of using all parts of the animal including rendering your own source of fat like lard!

Make your own Maple Syrup with Shelley Work, Ravenwood acres Feb 12/23

Shelley Work of Ravenwood Acres discusses when and how to tap maple trees and create your own syrup.

Eat your greens and supercharge your health with juanita Miller of joyfully nourished feb. 5/23

Good health starts with good habits, like eating wholesome foods. Learn how to get more greens and herbs into our diets and WHY we should! How can you grow all these greens year round? How can we help our children eat more greens too!

Raising your Own Flock with Toni Walton of Avery's Acres Jan. 29/23

Whether for having your own fresh eggs or raising your own meat, Toni Walton from Averys Acres will lead this Beginners 101 class on how to get started and the methods she uses to raise her own chickens organically and humanely. Follow along with Toni and Bence’s journey here

Planning your garden for 2023 with Sue moore of Sudoa farm Jan 15/23

Sue Moore, professional organic grower, goes through the core elements of growing a garden and asks us “WHAT do you want to EAT” and then we learn HOW to grow it after! She asks questions to help you review the garden you had last year and think about the garden you want this year!

Homesteading in modern times with Una St. Clair of High Croft Off Grid Farm Dec 4/22

Una takes us through the perspective shift on what it means to homestead and living a life that is more in-tune with the cycles of Nature. Una and Ernest came from farming on the West Coast and settled in Sorrento, BC and have created a beautiful example of a Permaculture, off-grid farm where they raise livestock, grow food, host events, sell their locally produced food and teach others the techniques of sustainability with modern influence.

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